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Marita Sturken

Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication


Marita Sturken is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (University of California Press, 1997), Thelma & Louise (British Film Institute Modern Classics series, 2000; reissued in 2020), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford University Press, Third Edition 2018), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Duke University Press, 2007), which won the 2007-2008 Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award from the Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University.

Her most recent book, Terrorism in American Memory: Memorials, Museums, and Architecture in the Post-9/11 Era (New York University Press, 2022), examines the role of memory in shaping the post-9/11 era, and how the nationalistic project of 9/11 memory has given way to the challenging memory activism of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice at the end of this era. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Czech, and Hebrew. In 2023 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

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Visual Cultures of the Modern and Global City

This course examines visual culture of the city- from the dynamics of visuality in the 19th-century modern cityscape to the mega cities of globalization. It addresses the visual dynamics, infrastructure, architecture, public art and design imaginaries of urban spaces, taking New York City and Paris as primary case studies and including other cities from the 19th century to the present. The course will examine the politics of urban design, the city as a site of division, disaster, memory, and political activism.
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MCC-UE 1038
Media, Culture, and Communication